Answers to the most common questions we have received
Why are there so few FAQs?
This is a new website and we haven’t been asked many questions yet. To tell the truth, we haven’t been asked this one at all.
How can I contact Bragi?
By email at sfbragi(at sign)gmail.com. General feedback is welcome and will be published in the future,
Where does the name Bragi come from?
Bragi is the Norse god of poetry and eloquence. The name was chosen for no particular reason. We pronounce it with the A as in star, the G as in go and the I as in this. We believe this is not correct.
Why are magazine contents sometimes listed in the same order as the table of contents, and sometimes not?
Stories appear in order of entry. Until the 1980s, Bragi’s comments were kept on system cards, listed under author names. These were entered into a database in author order. These days, contents of a magazine are entered into the database after an issue has been read and stories do align with magazines’ tables of contents. Some older magazines have been read recently.
Why are your magazine contents not complete?
Bragi’s database does not include articles, editorials, cartoons, book/film/game reviews, interviews, or other non-fiction material. Feghoots, Probability Zeroes and the like are included.
Why don’t you review poetry?
Bragi has been a voracious reader, but not of poetry, and he does not feel qualified to comment on poems.
Why do you change story titles sometimes? Could you tell us something about Bragi’s style and spelling policies?
The only change Bragi makes to titles is in using lower case rather than capitals (Jeffty is five not Jeffty Is Five, Beggars in Spain not Beggars In Spain). Bragi’s comments are written in British English (centre not center, colour not color, etc). Magazine titles are abbreviated. F&SF not Fantasy and Science Fiction or its earlier style, Analog not Analog Science Fiction & Fact or any of its many variations, Asimov’s not Asimov’s Science Fiction or its earlier versions, etc.
Are there spoiler warnings in Bragi’s comments on stories?
Bragi’s reviews are brief and generally do not discuss the plot of a story. Even if they run to several sentences, you can read them without danger of finding out what happens at the end of a story, or (usually) even the beginning.
Can you explain your rating system?